Faux Chandelier

17 Jun

I came across this tutorial and loved it so much I had to create my own wax paper chandelier.  The original author’s tutorial is spot on and exceptionally well done. http://freshly-picked.com/how-to-make-a-chandelier-part-2-with-friends/

My decor problem was an unsightly bathroom fan that needed some camouflage. That original idea turned into a total bathroom redo, painted walls included.

Now I just need to figure out a frame for my circular painting…

Silk Painted Top

19 Apr

Silk Painted Tunnel Top

Greeting Crafters!

This project is more involved and took me longer than just a day. I’m very happy with the results and the fabric is well worth the cost. As a heads up, this took up quite a bit of space. I used almost every room in the condo to complete it. Kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, craft room, living room, be prepared.

SILK PAINTING!

Supplies

I purchased my supplies from http://www.dharmatrading.com/ which include:

Fabric:  55% Cotton / 45% Silk http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/4522735-AA.shtml?lnav=fabric_silk.html

Dyes/Paints/Resist:  Jacuard Silk Colors Dyes http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1796-AA.shtml?lnav=dyes.html and

Large Rubber Bands

Safety Pins

For the frame I used wooden stretcher bars like these http://www.rexart.com/regstretcherstrips.html?gclid=CMqj6K3P1rICFegWMgod9wkAow. I bought mine from Michael’s craft store.

Newsprint: purchased from Dharma Trading

Tin Foil

Step 1 – Fabric Preparation

Before beginning, I measured out a large square of fabric from the bolt, enough to paint the front and Back pattern pieces for the tunnel top. I did this so I could paint both the front and back at the same time and reduce color variations and design mismatch. I also washed, dried and ironed out the blank fabric before starting.

Next, I drew out the entire design on the paper pattern, even coloring in some of the blocks to help visualize the location of colors. I used markers on the paper pattern so that once dry I could place the silk over the paper pattern and trace the black outlines onto the fabric with the black resist. Be forewarned, the black resist seeped through the fabric and stuck to the paper in some areas because I used so much. I failed at my first attempt because I didn’t use enough resist and the color broke through the lines. You MUST allow the resist to fully dry! If it did seep through to the paper, GENTLY separate the fabric from the paper pattern.

Traced Design

Traced Design

Step 2 – Stretching

Because I was working with such a large piece, my stretching frame was huge, I ended up using molding from the hardware store for my frame. I idea is that your frame is larger than the piece you are working and up off the ground. I used my dining room chairs to life the four corners of the frame off the ground. Smaller frames, I just used books. Keep in mind, when the stretched fabric is being painted and loaded with water, it will sag in the middle. You do not want it to touch the ground. Also, as an amateur at silk painting, I loaded too much paint in areas and had it drip, so place some newsprint or rags underneath. My living room carpet now has some green paint spots on it.

To stretch the fabric, use the safety pins and rubber bands. I placed a safety pin about every 5-8 inches along the perimeter of the fabric, you want it to be taunt but not so taunt it damages the fabric. Once stretched, lift the frame off the floor with books or chairs for my over-sized frame and you are ready to paint.

Traced Design 2

Traced Design 2

Step 3 – Silk Painting

Yay! The fun part! Although I’ve only dabbled in watercolors a couple times, silk painting is very similar. Water will wick across the fabric and spread the color very quickly. Working wet into wet worked out very well for me, just be careful, too much water will “bust” your resist lines. My first attempt, pictured below, is what happens when the resist lines are too thin and too  much water is used. To reduce the possibility of color spilling into color, I painted a section at a time, allowing it to dry. It doesn’t take a great deal of time, just be patient.

FAILED - Burst Resist Lines

FAILED – Burst Resist Lines

Silk Painting 1

Silk Painting 1

Silk Painting 2

Silk Painting 2

Silk Painting 3

Silk Painting 3

Silk Painting 4

Silk Painting 4

As a side note, pure black is next to impossible to achieve with dye. If any of you know a better way or better product to achieve a pure deep black PLEASE let me know. This paint created a dusty dull black, as predicted by Dharma Trading.

Step 4 – Setting

Once the dye is dry, carefully remove it from the frame. Its best to place the frame on the floor, undo the rubber bands from the frame, and then undo the safety pins from the fabric. Next, use the newsprint layered above and below the fabric to roll the piece into a coil. Once in a coil, wrap the entire thing with aluminum foil. No newsprint or fabric should be visible.  Follow the instructions that came with your dyes for steam setting. I found that my iron didn’t work as well as I’d hoped and stove-top steam setting worked the best. I’ve been experimenting with setting in the oven and it seems to produce less problems as no water or steam can accumulate on the fabric and distort the design. However, I’m still experimenting and will update at a later time.

The setting can take several hours, do not rush it, be patient. Again, follow the instructions that came with they dye.

Step 5 – Wash

Once the setting is complete, unwrap the fabric removing the newsprint and foil. I saved my foil and newsprint to use a second time. I can get two to three uses out of the newsprint and then I use it to shield my floors from paint splatter. Next, hand wash the piece to remove the excess dye. Wash until the water runs clear. If you allowed it to set long enough the piece will remain vibrant. However, if you didn’t allow enough time to set the color will wash right out, leaving a dull disappointment. Let it air dry, and its ready for sewing.

Hope this was a nice introduction to silk painting. I’m still learning the techniques myself. Message me with questions and I’ll do my best to answer.

Have Fun!

Ghost Flower Door Wreath

3 Oct



Its October! Time for Halloween decorations!

Apologies for my long hiatus from this blog, life gets in the way of my best intentions and efforts sometimes. I’d like to share this craft idea for a Halloween door wreath. I was inspired by this http://pinterest.com/pin/80572280804519777/ post on Pinterest. Unfortunatly I have not been able to find the original posting/poster. If any of you know, please inform me so I can give them due credit.

Supplies I used include:

Basic Door Wreath (Dollar Tree for $1.00)

Halloween Decoration Gauze (Wal-Mart $2.00)

Screen Door metal mesh (had left over product from Jewelry frame project)

Some jewelry making wire and a couple clear beads

White Spray Paint

Directions: Wrap the basic wreath with the gauze. Cut the screen mesh into several squares of various sizes. I used one large square, two medium, and one small square. Diagonally fold the mesh square and shape into a flower. A word of caution, I gave myself a couple metal splinters so please me careful when working with the mesh. Once the “flowers” are shaped, spray paint them, allow to dry and adhere to the wreath.

Enjoy!

Polymer Clay Peppermint Canes

11 Dec

This is my first attempt creating something with polymer clay.  It was quite fun and very quick to make.

Supplies:

Sculpey White Polymer Clay

Sculpey Red Polymer Clay

Cutting Tool

Craft oven

Step 1: Roll the white clay into a chunky cylinder.

 

Step 2: Roll the red clay to condition it, making it easier to work with. Use the cutting tool to cut rectangular strips, equal in length to the cylinder.

Step 3: Press the red strips onto the outside of the white clay cylinder.

Step 4: Roll the cylinder, slightly twisting it, forming the “peppermint” pattern. Continue rolling until you have a cylinder about 1/4″ diameter. Cut in the center.

Step 5: Shape the cane and bake according to the instructions on the package.

 

And Done! Let them cool and then hang them on your tree! Too Cute!

DIY Photo Coasters

3 Dec

Guess what my family will be getting for  Christmas Gifts! Yes, you guessed it, Photo Coasters!

These turned out wonderful, very easy to create and won’t break your Christmas budget!

Supplies

Ceramic Tile $.16 per tile @ Menards

Modge Podge: $8.99 @ Michael’s

Foam Brush: $0.58 @ Menards

Crystal Clear Enamel:  $3.68 @ Menards

Photos: 4×6 standard prints $.19 per print @ Target

Black Felt: Had on hand

Super Glue: Had on hand

Step 1 – Make sure the ceramic tiles are clean. Use the sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to the tile. Adhere the photo. Allow to dry.

Step 2 – Spray the tile with enamel, allow to dry.

Step 3 – Cut and glue the felt to the bottom of the coaster.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Recipe Apron

8 Nov

With Thanksgiving so near, I’m reminded of my mother’s delicious cooking and all the warm, delightful smells of a bustling kitchen.  Revisiting those memories made me want  a craft project that would be personal and have sentimental value.  I’m really pleased with my recipe apron and hope it inspires you to create your own.

The cooking apron is made up of muslin transfers of various family recipes along with thread embellishments. I used SuperSoft Inkjet Transfer Paper and ironed on the scanned images of family recipes. I took rectangles of white muslin sewn with hot pink and blue lines to mimic an index card. All the rectangles are sewn onto a muslin backing. I bought the transfer paper from http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/2443492-AA.shtml

 

Before printing on the transfer paper, make sure you mirror the image. I used Microsoft Word which allows you to rotate the inserted image 180 degrees.

I think I may try this idea a few different ways, although I’m happy with this first “draft” I think I can improve upon it. Let me know your thoughts.

Happy Crafting!

Ghost Candle and Vampire’s Kiss Candle

4 Oct

I dreamed up these candles and I’m in LOVE with them! The Ghost Candle came out lovely!

To make them, I used the water candle technique. Basically, you submerge hot wax in cold water to get the whimsical flowing effects. A lot of fun!

Supplies:

  • Taper candles
  • Candle Wax
  • Double boiler
  • Candle Warmer
  • Glass jars for the melted wax
  • Sink-full of cold water
  • Aluminum pie pan (for Vampire’s Kiss candle)

Vampire’s Kiss Candle Directions

Step 1 – Melt your wax in the double boiler. I didn’t have a double boiler so I had to improvise. I used empty/clean glass jelly jars to melt the wax in.

Step 2 – I broke the taper candles into three pieces. They were too tall. It is necessary to completely submerge the candle in water, therefore the taper candle shouldn’t be taller than the level of water in your sink.

Step 3 – Use some melted wax to “glue” the taper candle in the center of the aluminum pan.

Step 4 – Using oven mitts, pour the hot wax into the aluminum pan. Using both hands, submerge the pan with the hot wax. It took me several attempts to build the candle pictured. Use small amounts of wax and vary the speed at which you submerge the candle. Keep the candle under the water for a little bit to make sure the wax has hardened. To get the candle out of the aluminum pan, holding the candle by the exposed wick, I put it back into the boiling water. Don’t allow boiling water to get into the pan! All you want is for the pan to heat up a little so the wax will melt and release from the pan.

Step 4 – Place the candle on a paper towel to dry. Water will sometimes be trapped so tilt the candle or turn upside down carefully so the trapped water can drain out.

Ghost Candle Directions

For the Ghost candle, I used the same basic technique, except I didn’t use an aluminum pan. I poured hot wax into the sink and slowly built a “base”. I then “glued” the taper candle to the created base with a small amount of melted wax. To build up the candle, hold the base in the water, pour hot wax down the taper candle, and submerge, repeat until you are happy with your creation.

Step 1 – Pour hot wax into the cold water creating a base foundation.

Step 2 – Attach the taper candle to the base with a small amount of hot wax.

Step 3 – Build the candle by pouring hot wax down the taper candle and submerging. Repeat as desired.

You will get hot wax on you and you will get wax all over the sink. These candles are very delicate, the flowing effects are sometimes very thin and will break off. Be gentle.

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Happy Crafting and Enjoy!

Next Post will be my Plague Candle and Black Magic Candle! I’m looking forward to creating them!

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